About Italian Wine

About Italian Wine
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines.

Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades.

As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy.

Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Saracco 2018  Moscato dAsti DOP
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, summer peach, lilac, and lemon bar with a crisp, very sweet fat body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of candied pear, vanilla bean, creme caramel with roasted stone fruits, and mandarin orange segments in syrup. A sweet, vibrant Moscato with great depth of flavor; serve with gusto.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Tenuta Cucco 2012 Cerrati Vigna Cucco Barolo Riserva DOCG
95 points
$98
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of wet plaster, anise biscotti, brandied raisins and dried berries, and honeysuckle and apricot with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, layered, long finish with nuances of pomegranate and tomato relish, delicate floral herbs, earth, and cedar with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and vibrant, highly structured old-school Barolo that is built to last.
Saracco 2017  Moscato dAsti DOCG
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of acacia, turkish delight, honeysuckle, and peaches in cream with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long baby’s breath, mango lassi, pineapple confection, poured fondant, and candied pear finish. A very sweet, completely delicious Moscato that drapes that palate in opulence.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
95 points
$32.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas of finger lime, exotic flowers, candied pear, and bamboo with a fruity fat body and a layered, long turkish delight, wet stone, orange sherbet, and lily finish. A stylish Prosecco with intriguing minerality, memorable length, and kisses of sweetness.
95 points $32.99
Tenuta Rocca 2013 Bussia Barolo DOC
95 points
$80
Light garnet color. Aromas of red licorice and peony with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-long black licorice, allspice, dried raspberry, rosemary, and tobacco finish with cottony tannins. A fruity and well-structured Barolo with tannins built for the long haul; this is one to cellar until the finest occasion.
Azienda Uggiano 2011 Petraia Super Tuscan Toscano IGT
94 points
$38.99
Black ruby color. Mature aromas of raisin, plum butter, wood-grilled mushroom, spearmint, compressed watermelon, lingonberry preserve, and coffee cake with an vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long sun dried tomato, cedar, graphite, and charcoal finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely Super Tuscan that delivers a mature, savory streak alongside its friendly fruits.
94 points $38.99
Pieropan 2016  Soave Classico
94 points
$20.99
Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of struck flint, dried apricot, dried pineapple, tangerine, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long honey comb, fresh berry, and hard cheeses finish. Precise balance and layers of textures make this a fine Soave to take seriously.
94 points $20.99
Villadoria 2015 Senatore Primo Piemonte DOC
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Clean, floral, fresh, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of spray roses, dried cranberry, clove, and wild strawberry with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, buoyant finish with suggestions of rose wood, raspberry, orange zest, and blueberry with silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh, charming blend from Piedmont with lovely structure and pretty fruit and floral notes.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Recchia 2010 Ca Bertoldi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
94 points
$39.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of stewed plums, spray roses, herb garden, and sweet tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long dark chocolate, cherry-coconut bar, candied tangerine peel, sundried tomato, green almond, and mocha finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and fruit-forward Amarone that should please any fan of the style.
94 points $39.99
Villa Puccini 2014  Chianti Riserva DOCG
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of fig jam, cherry preserves, pickled beets with rosemary, and toasted cinnamon with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long Tuscan white bean, marinated kale, and toasted pine nuts finish. A delicious, highly nuanced Chianti with an old-school style and enviable balance.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy